Eps 29: Back to Basics

Check your workflow

Review EVERYTHING.

  • Look at where you work
    • Desk setup
    • Are you in an external office or do you sit in your living room at home
    • Do you need to find a new spot
    • What are you sitting in
      • Type of chair matters
    • How many monitors are you using
      • Do you need a new one?
      • Do you need to add another?

You can’t be productive if you are distracted or uncomfortable

  • How do you work
    • What is your text editor of choice
      • Does it access FTP?
      • Do you work off of your local machine and upload via an FTP client like Filezilla?
      • How often are you checking your results.
        • Upload changes often and make minor tweaks along the way vs doing giant loads of work and fine tuning later
        • How much time do you waste sweating the small problems vs waiting until the end of the day – or even the project – to move pixels
    • Are you taking time to update your software?
      • Very important, especially if you are using wordpress
      • Checking for theme and plugin updates can be the difference between a hacked site and a site that loads quickly and efficiently
    • Biggest question
      • ARE YOU USING YOUR TIME WELL
        • Biggest distractions:
          • In home
            • Kids
            • Pets
            • Technology
              • Tv or phone
          • Office setting
            • Co-workers
            • Technology
            • Disorganized business
              • Random meetings
              • Too much watercooler talk

How do you fix the issues

  • Force yourself to take time – maybe 5 minutes a day – to organize your desk, clean up your computer desktop, reorganize files and folders

On top of basic housekeeping ask yourself this: Can I improve myself

  • Are you keeping up on current topics in design and development
  • Are you trying new resources

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